This is the kind of design I'm talking about. Why shouldn't design and architecture be for everyone? Our friends across the pond have really caught on to this idea, as I wrote about in "Brits Launch Architecture Festival 2010", and I hope it's our turn soon.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) are aiming to inspire design fun for all ages with the inaugural Sandcastle Competition, to be held on the beautiful Barry Island blue flag beach on July 24, 2010.
Contestants will have three hours to construct their castle using their own equipment (shovels, buckets, etc.) and any natural objects found on the beach. A panel of judges will award prizes in the following areas:
• Tallest sand structure
• Most technically daring
• Best overall scheme
• People’s choice
Teams can hold up to six people, and all ages are welcome to participate.
That sounds ideal—children and whole families can learn about and embrace design together, while having fun on the beach. I’m loving the universality of the U.K.'s recent approach to design. So, the beach this weekend? Who's with me?
— Lillian Civantos